Today is World Soil Day

It's that time of year again when everyone should join in soilidarity (I'm ashamed that I can't take the credit for this pun - I've seen it on twitter a hundred times or more already today) to celebrate soils and raise awareness of their plight. Yes, it's 'world soil day'! The changing nature of our soils is … Continue reading Today is World Soil Day

Agroecology – a third way?

In farming, as in every other way of life, we have made a critical mistake. It is a mistake of language, assigning linguistic labels to denote ‘methods’ of agriculture and thus discouraging innovation and radical thinking. We can point to and fairly accurately describe ‘conventional’, ‘organic’, ‘biodynamic’, ‘integrated’, ‘intensive’ or ‘extensive’ ‘types’ of farming along … Continue reading Agroecology – a third way?

Next generation interested in food?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=F7Id9caYw-Y In the UK and US we are constantly told in the press that we fail in what should be an obligation to educate children about food production, manufacture, cooking and consumption. Even if you don't fully agree with what 11 year old Birke Baehr says in this TEDx lecture you have to admire his … Continue reading Next generation interested in food?

Livestock Management: the solution to preventing desertification?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=gzfWGDCi9qc Allan Savory directs some strong words towards the scientific community in this short lecture. He raises some highly important issues and one in particular that is relevant to a theme I am trying to raise awareness of through this blog: never discount an option for the sake of it. We must sometimes think outside … Continue reading Livestock Management: the solution to preventing desertification?